Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Egypt
Author: Harry Ades
Description: This effectively condensed chronological history takes in the full sweep from the earliest inhabitants to 21st century politics.
Culture Smart! Egypt
Author: Jailan Zayan
Description: A handy pocket guide to understanding local customs and etiquette.
Culture Smart! Oman
Author: Simone Nowell
Description: This handy introduction to local attitudes, beliefs and culture includes tips for travelers.
Death on the Nile
Author: Agatha Christie
Description: How could we resist? Christie wrote Egypt's most famous murder mystery on the terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan.
Down the Nile, Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff
Author: Rosemary Mahoney
Description: Mahoney weaves the tale of her quest to row the Nile with deft portraits of the people she meets in this marvelously engaging chronicle.
Description: The coverage of this easy-fold map -- with insets of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Giza, the Nile River Valley, Cairo and other sites -- includes Petra, Jerusalem and most of Israel.
Explorers of the Nile
Author: Tim Jeal
Description: Tim Jeal widens his scope in this spirited new history of the great 19th-century quest for the origins of the Nile, covering the many expeditions and complex rivalries of Burton and Speke, Livingstone and Stanley and other Victorian adventurers with panache.
Islam, A Short History
Author: Karen Armstrong
Description: Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam from the birth of Muhammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject.
Lonely Planet Ethiopia & Eritrea
Author: Frances Linzee Gordon
Description: A comprehensive guide in the Lonely Planet style featuring maps, background detail on the country and culture -- and practical information for the traveler.
Lonely Planet Jordan
Author: Jenny Walker
Description: A practical guide in the popular series, featuring 54 maps, tips and much sightseeing information.
Luxor Illustrated, With Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Nile
Author: Michael Haag
Description: The ideal companion to a Nile cruise, Haag introduces all the famous monuments and temples of Upper Egypt from Luxor, Karnak, Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Tutankhamun to the marvels of Aswan and Abu Simbel in full color.
Married to a Bedouin
Author: Marguerite van Geldermalsen
Description: "Where you staying?" the Bedouin asked. "Why you not stay with me tonight -- in my cave?" Thus begins the fascinating odyssey of a young nurse from New Zealand who would marry and raise her family among the community of 100 Bedouin families living in the ancient city of Petra.
Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women
Author: Geraldine Brooks
Description: A highly readable overview of the role of women in Islamic society, drawn from the author's many interviews with women throughout the Arab World.
Northeast Africa and Arabia Map
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A folded map of the Northeast region of the continent at a scale of 1:4,000,000.
Petra, The Rose-Red City
Author: Christian Auge, Jean-Marie Dentzer
Description: Jam-packed with color illustrations, archival material, maps and site plans, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia is our best-selling book on Petra.
Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea
Author: Robert D. Kaplan
Description: Robert Kaplan, the prolific journalist and author of Balkan Ghosts, travelled through Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea for this illuminating travelogue examining the culture, religion, and politics of the region.
The Complete Valley of the Kings
Author: Nicholas Reeves, Richard Wilkinson
Description: A thorough and intriguing look at the burial place of the New Kingdom pharaohs, this book brings together the art, architecture and history of the valley; contains profiles of archaeologists, diagrams and detailed site descriptions.
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt
Author: Bill Manley
Description: Ingenious color maps, site plans, photographs and accompanying essays trace Egyptian civilization from the founding of Memphis through the sacking of Thebes and the invasion by Alexander the Great in 332 BC in this authoritative, remarkably concise history.
The Search for Ancient Egypt
Author: Jean Vercoutter
Description: This pocket encyclopedia, packed with illustrations, tells the tale of Greek travelers, buried treasure, international intrigue and scholarship as it delves into the world's long-standing fascination with Egypt's glorious heritage.